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Busia fishermen on Lake Victoria have decried low fish prices in Kenya, thus forcing them to seek market in neighboring Uganda. Mulukoba Beach Management Unit vice chairman Alfed Agufwa said Ugandan market attracts Sh70 more per kilogram than in Kenya considering transportation costs. ” We incur a lot in transporting fish to Nairobi and earning Sh70 less than if we could sell the same fish in Uganda at no cost incurred,” he said. Speaking while receiving a delegation from Busia County Government led by Director of Administration Robert Muganda on Tuesday, Agufwa had also good news to fishermen on the stock of fish on Lake Victoria. He said fish especially the Tilapia species has increased from 300 kilograms to one ton daily at Mulukoba beach in the past few days due to rising water levels. ” Fishermen are happy with the latest developments. Our only undoing is the market in Kenya which is scarce and with the available ones offering “peanuts” for our fish,” he said. Regarding tribulations Kenyan fishermen were being subjected to on Ugandan waters, Agufwa blamed Kenyans security for sleeping on the job and allowing their Ugandan counterparts to capitalize on the loopholes to harass Kenyan fishermen. ” Kenyan security are supposed to monitor Kenyan boundaries on the Lake but it is not the case. Instead Uganda Revenue Authority, Marine and Fisheries departments in Uganda to patrol the waters . We are victims of harassment from such patrols and our fish and wares confiscated. Kenyan security should also take the initiatives to patrol the Lake to earn respect from their Ugandan colleagues,” he said. Agufwa narrated other challenges facing Kenyan fishermen. ” We have no enough water on the Kenyan side of the Lake. When we are found on the ” Ugandan waters ” we are given conditions to have the fish processed in Uganda or we forfeit our fish stock.” Photo: Mulukoba Beach Management Unit vice chairman Alfed Agufwa at their Mulukoba Beach offices on Tuesday.

Busia fishermen  on Lake Victoria have decried low  fish prices  in Kenya, thus forcing them ...

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